IBIZA Rocks! Just ask Newcastle-based band Hungover Stuntmen, who have just returned from a month on the sunshine isle.
Not that they were sunbathing all the time. Far from it. In June and July, Hungover Stuntmen spent four weeks in Ibiza recording their debut album, produced by ex-Duran Duran guitarist Andy Taylor.
The as-yet unnamed CD is due to be released in the autumn on the band’s own label One Bounce.
While on the island they played a storming headline gig at Manumission’s celebrated Ibiza Rocks, where they were watched by Carl Barat of Dirty Pretty Things.
Hungover Stuntmen comprise Iain Anderson (bass) James Haselhurst (guitars) Craig Oxberry (drums) and Stu Ridley (guitars).
Coming together in 2003 they quickly became a crowd favourite on their local music scene with their electrifying performances. Their unique bond as a live act was secured by the fact the boys all lived, wrote and rehearsed together under one roof. Two years of solid gigs later and their message was spreading further afield. Neighbour Simon Donald, co-founder of Viz, an avid music fan, introduced the band to Angie Jenkison, a friend in the music business, and the pair quickly became the group’s management team.
The group had been gigging for two years when Mark Wallis, legendary producer of U2, Morrissey and Travis, heard the lads’ home recordings and offered to record new demos in his studio.
Tour slots with The Subways and The Kooks followed. Then, remarkably, on hearing the Wallis demo at a party, Paul Weller invited the boys to support him at Newcastle’s Metro Radio Arena. Our reviewer wrote at the time: “Hungover Stuntmen to their credit rocked the mixed crowd of young and old, taking to the stage and performing in front of thousands as if they do it every night.
“Personally picked by Paul, the band more recently were used to performing to handfuls of locals in bars and clubs.
“They proved they are worthy of a larger stage and could prove to be the next biggest band out of Newcastle with their indie rock sound.”
The national papers also sat up and took notice, with comments like “a brilliant new band”, “watch out for these boys” and “fantastic”.
Zane Lowe chipped in on Radio One after seeing one of the Subways’ shows, describing Hungover Stuntmen as “awesome”.
So impressed was Steve Craddock, guitarist in Paul Weller’s band and Ocean Colour Scene, that he too offered to record the lads in the studio, also joining them on stage at a gig in Newcastle.
Hungover Stuntmen have also played support slots with The Kooks, The Futureheads, and Get Cape Wear Cape Fly.
You can catch the band at the Carling Academy Newcastle this Saturday.